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Urbana flies past Hubs, 48-6

IJAMSVILLE, Md. — The result of the second game of the season for the North Hagerstown Hubs was very similar to their Week 1 defeat, but the attitude and effort given was much different, according to head coach Greg Stains.

Despite falling 48-6 on the road against Frederick County powerhouse Urbana, Stains saw a strikingly different Hubs team when compared to a week ago.

“Last week, we lacked intensity,” Stains said. “We didn’t take the punch. Tonight was different. Although the score looks similar, I just could tell our guys were playing harder and had something more tonight.”

On the back foot from the opening possessions, North (0-2) struggled to do much offensively in the early going. Quarterback Damien Nave, who would exit in the second quarter with an apparent knee injury, was harassed by the Hawks’ defense. Running backs Calvin Bembry and Tucker Brugh ran hard, but found openings hard to come by.

The Hawks scored on their first three possessions and were up 20-0 at the end of the first quarter. Quarterback Donovan Pannell was accurate and star back Ray Gray, who finished with 145 yards and three touchdowns on only 12 carries, was at his best.

“We kept giving them a short field, which didn’t help our cause,” Stains said. “Our backs were against the wall for much of that first half.”

Gray’s third touchdown of the game, directly following a Hubs fumble near midfield with five minutes left in the second quarter, made it 27-0 and the rout was on. The hosts would add two more scores on a run by backup quarterback Julian Kenard and a 31-yard strike from Pannell to Jake Gallaway to make it 41-0 at the break.

“We are so young, starting multiple freshmen and sophomores,” Stains said. “They are the first ones I grab to make sure they don’t get discouraged. They understand that we are building something that takes time.”
Urbana ran in one more score in the third quarter, and the Hubs broke through in the fourth. After a fine drive led by quarterback Andrew Fiery, Raughn Carter took a sweep around the left side for a 13-yard TD.

Despite, the scoreline, the Hubs bench was still involved and cheering the entire drive.

“They are starting to believe in themselves, and when they do that, they see that they can compete with these teams,” Stains said. “I preach to them that it’s about taking small, incremental steps, and we’re doing just that.”

Carter finished with 58 yards rushing and 26 receiving, while Bembry added 40 rushing. Fiery threw for 50 yards in his time under center.

JV Hubs defeat Smithsburg, 33-20

September 10, 2014---The Smithsburg Leopards opened the second half with a scoring drive to take a 14-13 lead, but the North Hagerstown JV Hubs responded with three straight TDs to pull away for a 33-20 victory on Wednesday evening.

Fullback Cody Michael was the JV Hubs catalyst in the second half by gashing the Smithsburg defense for 105 yards and a TD.

Noah Hamburg, the Hubs shifty veerback, scored two TDs, while tight end Michael Stevens hauled in two Chase Metz passes for North touchdowns.

Ray Lansdowne led the JV Hub defense with seven tackles, Dominik Wolters had two sacks, and Jackson Clement and Hamburg had INTs. Maddy Foltz connected on three PATs for the winners.

The JV Hubs improve to (2-0) and will travel to Boonsboro (1-0) on Wednesday evening for a 6PM kickoff.

 

 


 

 

Metz, Hamburg lead JV Hubs past Williamsport, 49-22

September 6, 2014---Freshman QB Chase Metz was 8-for-10, for 174 yards, with three passing TDs, and running for another, while Noah Hamburg had 210 total yards and two TDs in the North Hagerstown JV Hubs 49-22 victory over Williamsport.

The JV Hubs had six different players score touchdowns on Saturday. Hamburg led the way with two TDs, while Jackson Clement, Austin Kershner, Cody Michael, T.J. Harris, and Metz had one TD each.

Hamburg led all receivers with 101 yards on only two catches and Harris led the ground game with 70 yards on nine carries.

Shawn Thomas led the defense with eight tackles, Ray Lansdowne, Ryan Montes, and Aaron Hudson had seven tackles each. Montes, Thomas, and Dominik Wolters had a sack and Clement had an interception in the win.

Freshman kicker Madison Foltz became North's first-ever female football player on Saturday and made her mark right away--- going a perfect 7-for-7 on PAT kicks, tying Josh Metzner's JV record of seven set in 2006.

The JV Hubs improve to (1-0) and will be right back in action on Wednesday against Smithsburg at Mike Callas Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 PM.


 

 

Freshman Hubs fall to South, 20-14

 

 


 

Milford Mill rips Hubs, 57-0

It was not a good evening for the North Hagerstown Hubs.
 
The Milford Mill Academy Millers dominated the Hubs from start to finish to run away with a 57-0 victory on Friday night in a season-opening football game at Mike Callas Stadium.
 
Bad luck struck North on the opening kickoff. The Hubs caught the kick at their own 25-yard line, before fumbling it. The Hubs managed to recover the fumble, but it went for a 9-yard loss back to their own 16-yard line.
 

Right before the first play from scrimmage, North was penalized 5 yards for having too many players on the field. That sent the Hubs back to their own 11-yard line with a first-and-15 situation. Shortly thereafter, the Hubs punted without getting a first down.
 

Milford Mill gradually moved the ball down the field as it only took four first downs to get their first score. Running back Brandon Abrams charged through the middle for a 1-yard touchdown run with 9:03 remaining to give the Millers a 6-0 lead.
 

Millers quarterback Deonte White came through with a pair of touchdown runs through the middle in the latter stages of the first quarter. White had a 2-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion run with 2:56 to go in the period. White then added a big 44-yard touchdown run with 12 seconds left in the period to enlarge the Millers’ lead to 20-0.
 

Abrams came up with a pair of touchdown runs during the second quarter. Abrams had a 2-yard touchdown run with 10:17 remaining in the period and then added a 5-yard touchdown run with 4:09 left in the quarter to enable Milford Mill to increase its advantage to 32-0 by halftime.
 

Deontaye White, who is Deonte White’s brother, scored a pair of touchdowns during the third quarter for Milford Mill. White had a 3-yard touchdown run and Jonathan Johnson kicked the extra point with 10:40 left in the period. White then added a 19-yard touchdown run with 4:20 remaining in the quarter to boost the Millers’ lead to 45-0.
 

Believe it or not, Milford Mill decided to go for an onside kick and recovered it on the Hubs’ 48-yard line.
 

The Millers still had possesion going into the fourth quarter and got a 3-yard touchdown run by Derrick Williamson with 8 minutes left in the period.
 

But the Millers were still not finished with their scoring. Milford Mill got a 12-yard touchdown run to the right side by Troy Scott as the time in the fourth quarter was running out for the final margin of victory at 57-0.

Stains named Hubs Head Coach

HAGERSTOWN — Greg Stains had this dream.

Greg Stains“I told Danny (Cunningham) at the Hub Cup once (2004) that I would like to be able to come back to North Hagerstown and coach,” he said.

The dream is now a reality. Stains was named the Hubs’ new head football coach on Thursday, replacing Cunningham, who left the position last week to become Williamsport’s athletic director.

It wasn’t exactly the way Stains envisioned the whole process, but he got what he had always hoped.

“The opportunity to come back and coach at your alma mater is tremendous,” Stains said. “It’s an opportunity to come back and try to build off everything that Danny and (former North coach Glenn) Cross had started. I’m very proud of being a Hub and I’m elated to have the opportunity.”

Stains, 47, has been a Hub for most of his life, considering he played for Cross from 1980-84 and assisted Cunningham for six years as a line coach before getting his shot on Thursday.

The Hubs started preseason practice on Wednesday with offensive coordinator Juwuane Sandridge, assistant Dave Foltz and Stains implementing a plan by committee until a coach was named.

“Danny called to tell me the Williamsport job was open and he was considering applying,” Stains said. “The first thing I thought about was the team, not being a head coach.

“I got together with Dave and Juwuane in the weight room and we started to come up with a plan.”

Williamsport’s hiring process was prolonged and officially elected Cunningham, which set everything in motion.

On Wednesday, it was coaching by committee. On Thursday, it was the same scenario, only with Stains assuming the lead role while he still coached the linemen.

Stains said one of his first acts as head coach was to add to his staff.

“We are in the process of rebuilding our talent core,” he said. “I’m bringing in some new coaches that will help us with the process.”

Sandridge will remain the Hubs’ offensive coordinator and will be allowed to run his system.

Many of them have college coaching backgrounds, which Stains is counting on to help get the Hubs to a higher level. It will be a test for North Hagerstown, considering it opens the season with games against Milford Mill, Urbana, Linganore and Fort Hill — the last three on the road.

“I haven’t looked at it, but Danny was telling me our schedule is ranked as second toughest in the state,” Stains said. “We will be facing five playoff teams from last year.”

One of the assets that Stains says he hopes to draw from is his familiarity with the Hubs.

“This is a work in progress, but these kids have been dynamic in the way the adapted and adjusted,” Stains said. “We explained to them what was going on and they just said ‘Whatever happens, happens.’

“All these guys know me because I’ve been here all four of their years here. I’ve been the coach during the summers at weightlifting. And I’ve run 300s and stairs with them. I tried to build things up and I started with the line.”

Practices have opened with the Hubs’ three teams — varsity, JV and freshmen — practicing together instead of separately.

“I like the enthusiasm of the kids and their effort,” Stains said. “We are working the entire team together, trying to evaluate all the kids and to allow the newer and younger coaches to see and duplicate what we are doing. We are hoping that they see things being done the right way will lead to success.”

And until then, Stains plans on pinching himself as a reminder his dream came true.

“I have no time to react,” Stains said. “Things are just rolling. I interviewed for the job last night. There’s no time to realize what happened. It’s time to get ready. I’ll react later."


 

Hubs take field without head coach for first practiceThe Show Must Go On

Thirty-five minutes into the first preseason football practice Wednesday at North Hagerstown, assistant coach Terry Harnish realized there was some necessary equipment missing — the footballs.

As Harnish and two other assistants departed to find the pigskins, it was less apparent that there was another essential element missing — a head coach.

It was a week ago that Dan Cunningham, head coach at North for the last 13 seasons, departed to take the athletic director job at Williamsport.

On Wednesday afternoon, defensive coordinator Greg Stains and offensive coordinator Juwuane Sandridge ran a crisp, three-hour workout. One of the two is likely to be named head coach soon.

Stains said that he expects the decision to come Monday.

"It went well," Stains said of practice. "Under the circumstances and the adversity that we're under, I think you couldn't ask for anything more from the kids than they gave us. It's just something we've got to build and go day to day."

Given the timing of Cunningham's departure, one might expect the Hubs to be running practice just as they have in the past. But on Wednesday, the varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams worked out together, breaking from past tradition.

"It's a different year — a little bit of rebuilding going on," Sandridge said. "We're working as hard as we can to get the best group of guys on the field as possible. We just want the ones who work the hardest to get the playing time, no matter if you're a freshman, sophomore or junior."

It was one of the seniors who took a leadership role in the first practice. When 6-4, 235-pound Aaron Dopson heard some unnecessary chatter during a conditioning drill, he confronted his teammate.

"What is it you don't understand about 'shut up,'" Dopson yelled, adding a few more colorful words for emphasis.

Dopson didn't sound concerned that the departure of Cunningham puts North Hagerstown at a disadvantage.

"We all wish it would have happened a lot sooner than it did," Dopson said. "But I think we have a great coaching staff that'll make what we have, and what we're left with, work. Coach Cunningham was a great guy and left the program in a great place, so I've got nothing bad to say."

In many ways, Wednesday's practice was businessas usual, with all the customary warnings to players that their idyllic summer is over.

"This isn't Xbox," barked assistant Dave Foltz as some of his players struggled through a conditioning station. "This is real football, gentlemen."

Moments earlier, Stains told the entire team of this preseason: "This isn't a jog, it's a sprint."

Doing his best to live up to Stains' order was one of the fastest Hubs, Preston Carey. The versatile senior, who plays all of the offensive skill positions, said that the Hubs are comfortable with the coaching uncertainty.

"It obviously feels a little different," Carey said. "And it's a little bit of a scramble right now. But we got a whole group of coaches who really care about the kids. They really want to win games, too, and they care about us in the classroom and on the field."

Cunningham's decision didn't take North by complete surprise. He informed the coaches of his possible departure a month earlier, which allowed the staff to meet in early July and make contingency plans.

"We just kind of figured we'd set things up and whoever came in and took over as head coach, they would at least have a base from which to go with," Stains said. "We structured practice and decided to do some things differently."

Another change is the offensive set. On Wednesday, the Hubs ran out of a pistol formation, a departure from last year's multiple offense.

"We lost a lot of big linemen, so this offense suits our personnel a little better," said Sandridge, formerly the head coach at Saint James. "A lot of speed. We're trying to cater to that."

After practice, as Sandridge and Stains tossed ideas and observations back and forth, it was evident that they were working together as associates and friends.

In a few days, one will likely be working for the other.

"It's a difficult situation," Sandridge said. "But we know whoever gets it, the program will be in good hands. We all want the same thing — the best for the program no matter what."


 

 

Hubs Bembry wins Combine King MVP at National Underclassmen Combine

July 21, 2014---Hubs senior running back Calvin Bembry won the 2014 combine king award at National Underclassmen Football Combine in July.

 

Bembry had a standing reach of 86, a jumping reach of 122.5, a combine best 36.5 vertical leap, a 9-0 broad jump, 4.37 shuttle time, a 4.56 40-time and 15 bench press reps at 185 lbs.

 

 

 


 

 

2014 40-Times

 

Rank Player Grade 40-Time
1 PRESTON CAREY 12 4.3
2 CALVIN BEMBRY 12 4.5
3 TUCKER BRUGH 11 4.6
4 DAMIEN NAVE 11 4.7
5 MALIK CAREY 11 4.7
6 BRADY THOMAS 12 4.8
7 CHRIS SMITH 11 4.8
8 IMMANUEL COWANS 11 4.8
9 KEAYON CAMPBELL 11 4.8
10 JACKSON CLEMENT 10 4.8
11 RAYMOND LANSDOWNE 10 4.8
12 TIJANI HARRIS 10 4.8
13 ANDREW FIERY 12 4.9
14 TREI ST. CLAIR 12 4.9
15 AUSTIN KERSHNER 10 4.9
16 DOMINIK WOLTERS 10 4.9
17 NOAH HAMBURG 10 4.9
18 JACOB SPRECHER 9 4.9
19 JONARI CARROLL 9 4.9
20 AARON DOPSON 12 5.0
21 JERROD GREEN 12 5.0
22 BRANDON BOGER 12 5.0
23 GREG KISER 11 5.0
24 CODY MICHAEL 10 5.0
25 DARIUS GREEN 10 5.0
26 JAYDEN CARTER 9 5.0
27 SHAWN THOMAS 10 5.1
28 JOSE ROSARIO 10 5.1
29 BEN GILBERT 12 5.2
30 KHALIK HARP 10 5.2
31 CHUCK WILLIAMS 9 5.2
32 GAVIN ANDERSON 9 5.2
33 LAYNE HAMMOND 9 5.2

 


 

 

 

Cunningham stepping down

to take Williamsport AD job

Dan Cunningham never thought he’d be wearing school colors other than the red and black of North Hagerstown High School, his longtime home as a student, coach and teacher.

But he’ll now don blue and white as he takes over as the new athletic director at Williamsport High School, succeeding Todd Ullery who recently became an assistant principal at the school.

“I never thought I’d leave (North) but it has always been a goal of mine to be an AD,” Cunningham said on Wednesday. “I am fortunate that Williamsport is giving me this opportunity.”

Washington County Public Schools made the announcement on Wednesday in a release in which Williamsport principal April Bishop lauded Cunningham.

“I am very pleased to welcome Dan Cunningham to the Williamsport Wildcat community," Bishop said. "He has a contagious, positive attitude that will motivate parents, coaches and fans.

“He built strong teams at North High and will bring those same leadership skills to Williamsport. As athletic director he will build on a strong and successful athletic program. Dan’s focus is on the safety and well-being of the student-athlete preparing for college and careers after high school.”

In recent years, he had been an understudy to North AD Marcia Nissel, learning the ropes of a job he wanted in the future.

“(Marcia) has really been good along the process of leading me in the right direction,” said Cunningham.

Cunningham will step into his new office in the upcoming days.

The 40-year-old Cunningham wore the North colors as a celebrated Hubs quarterback. He is a 1997 graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University.

He has been the head coach at North since 2001 with four postseason appearances and two regional championships with a 13-year won-loss record of 78-58.

“I’m not going to say I won’t miss the kids, the coaches (at North),” said Cunningham. “I’ll be texting for Friday night scores.”

One score he won’t have to find via text will be on Oct. 2 when North Hagerstown hosts Williamsport.


 

Hubs senior Raughn Carter named Defensive

MVP at FBU in Connecticut

Westhill High School in Stamford, CT played host to over 190 athletes participating in the Football University Experience this past weekend (June 27-29). FBU Connecticut showcased some of the area’s best football players who wanted to learn from FBU’s excellent instructional staff made up of former NFL players and coaches, led by Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, Tony Ballard and Howard Tippett.

Raughn Carter was the defensive MVP.

FBU Connecticut was led by Offensive MVP Patrick Kehoe(2015), a QB out of Chesire, CT and Defensive MVP Raughn Carter (2015) a Defensive Back from Hagerstown, MD.

Kehoe, out of Chesire Academy & Anthony Lombardi (2015) from Mahopac High School were atop the young gun slingers. Scouts on site noted that Kehoe was one of the best players in camp with a great arm and strong QB skills. Kehoe has offers from Delaware, Albany and Holy Cross at the moment. Lombardi showed a good arm with a quick release and nice footwork.

The QB’s were joined by some great running backs on the offensive side of the ball. Scouts noted that the #1 RB, Kelochi Okoronkwo (2016) was quick and explosive with good feet. Antonio Giannico (2017) ran great routes and had great hands while Rakeem Bontemp (2016) is a fast back with good ball skills and great balance.

Tyler McMillian (2016) of Brunswick High School led the Receiving core, he impressed scouts who noted he was a fast player with good hands and has great route running skills. M.J. Kehoe (2015), Patrick Kehoe’s brother was a big player at 6'6'' with good feet. Scouts noted he was a potential Offensive Tackle with a high ceiling. Finally Jelani Greene (2016) rounded out the top receivers as he showed good speed and hands. Green made multiple great adjustment to the ball in the air throughout the weekend and especially in the skills portion of camp.

The skill players would be nothing without their offensive line, and there were some big men who showed up to FBU Connecticut this weekend. Dave Johnson (2015) led the men upfront with great footwork and length. He also showed strong technique and had a motor. Two rising sophomores Nicholas Roehm (2017) and Sean Eilerston (2017) impressed a lot of people on the grounds throughout the weekend. Roehm is a long player with fast feet and was very aggressive, while Eilerston showed a very high ceiling as his feet improved throughout the weekend and his size will bring him far.

The Defensive players were led by Raughn Carter of North Hagerstown High School, a defensive back who showed great cover skills and was a very physical player. Jonathan McCrary (2016) and Stephon Andrews(2016) were two other backs who showed great promise throughout the weekend. McCrary was a smart player in man to man coverage and showed some great closing speed, while Andrews was very aggressive and showed great strength on jams in one on ones.


 

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2014 North Hagerstown Hubs @ Linganore Lancers 7:00pm Away
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